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Hey yall, i will start with my 6yr old son has ADHD and just switched from Vyvanse to Concerta. He was diagnosed last year and have been on Vyvanse,Clonidine with Risperidol and now is only taking 2 18mg Concerta in the am and 1 and a quarter Clonidine at night. My son started out with 1 18mgs tablit the first 2 weeks and it seemed to not have much effect except he is a lil more emotional and has increased bad additude,not following directions and isnt as bouncy as he was before taking meds which is what we kind of wanted except for the emotional,additude and not following directions. Dr. told my wife and I to increase to 2 18mg tabs in the morning and see where that goes and is almost the same and just as before,same symptoms as before except a lil increase in bouncyness and since he started the meds his days at school have been interupted and is getting into more truble with not minding,running around interupting class so if anyone is or has taken Concentra has any experiense with this please feel free to leave some imput would be very helpfull. Thanks a bunch yall! P.s. and if Thunor and addprogrammer( aka Bob) can get in on this it would be greatly appriciated! Should he keep taking it if it doesnt have work for him?
I don't think it sounds like it's working for him. If I were you, I'd try another drug. My daughter was diagnosed with ADD in 3rd grade and she started out with Concerta. She felt a difference the first day. Over a few months we felt like it stopped working as well as it did at first. Her Dr. suggested trying Adderall instead and she felt that worked even better. She has now been on Adderall around 6 years and it has been working well for her up until Jan 2010 when we switched to generic and she noticed that it wasn't as effective. In the last few days she's been taking Adderall XR made by Shire (brand name) and she thinks things are markedly better.

Side story (please ignore if this isn't helpful to you):
My daughter was initially diagnosed in 3rd grade by a pediatrician who is a specialist in learning issues. But later in 6th grade I took her to a physician who specializes in neurofeedback (a type of biofeedback). This neurofeedback is a practice (kind of like Yoga, but with EEG feedback) that kids and adults can do to "calm down" their brain waves over time with practice. I have ADD also (not nearly as bad as my daughter), I tried it and it works. Long story, short, my daughter made progress one summer, but I could never get her to keep going with it because she felt overloaded just getting through the school day and homework. The last thing she wanted is another thing she had to get done. HOWEVER, I'm still glad I took her to this physician because we learned some information from the Dr. about what ADD looks like, from a brain perspective. Most importantly, the Dr. performed a qEEG on my daughter (electrodes all over her head taking measurements while my daughter performed math problems, read, or just stared straight ahead. The results of the qEEG were interpreted and written down by a pediatric neurologist. It was helpful for us to see in black and white that her brain waves were not "normal" and that there was a physical reason for her difficulties. In addition, the physician was able to see which kind of "boost" her brain would need in order to function better, so she was able to tell us which drug would work best for her. It turns out that the drug we found by trial and error was indeed the drug that the physician recommended (Adderall).

For anyone that can afford the time and expense, I recommend seeing a neurofeedback physician and getting hooked up to a couple of electrodes and getting an easy quick peek on the monitor or getting a full qEEG done (1-2 hours) for their child. It gives peace of mind.

In the meantime (and ultimately), 'guess and check' is a perfectly good way of finding the right medication.





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